I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.
Jad Atoui (musician)
1- Gaslamp Killer: Breakthrough
2- Dead Can Dance: Anastasis
3- Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes
4- Sigur Rós: Valtari
5- Max Richter: The Four Seasons Recomposed
6- Actress: R.I.P
7- Swans: The Seer
8- El-P: Cancer For Cure
9- Grizzly Bear: Shields
10- Clark: Iradelphic
Belgian electronic musician C-DRIK, live at EM Chill [Mar Mikhael, Beirut]
accompanied by several talented Lebanese electronicians
CEDRIK FERMONT (aka C-drík Fermont, C-drík, Cdrk, Kirdec, Y-drík, M-drík, F-drík and many other “-drík”) is a multifaceted vegan artist, academically trained musician, DJ, singer, composer and drummer.
Of Greek, Zairian and Belgian descent, born in Zaire (RDC), he lived in Belgium, where he studied under the guidance of electro-acoustic composer Annette Van de Gorne, before relocating to the Netherlands, then to Germany in 2010. C-drík started his first electronic project in 1989, and juggles between different musical genres, including electronica, noise, breakcore, digital punk, electro-acoustic, industrial, ambient, free jazz, hip hop, etc. He is also a label manager and promoter, producing his own projects and those of similarly-minded experimental artists, mostly from Asia and Africa.
I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…
Jad Atoui: musician (Acousmatik System)
– Amon Tobin: ISAM
– igorrr: Nostril
– Enduser: Even Weight
– The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble: From The Stairwell
– Radiohead: The King Of Limbs
– Fever Ray: Fever Ray
– Deaf Center: Owl Splinters
– Bibio / Clark: Willenhall / Baskerville Grinch
– Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
– Plaid: Scintilli
RUPTURED presents TASHWEESH Live in Beirut
Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme and boikutt from Palestinian audio-visual collective Tashweesh will be performing in Beirut for the 1st time, on two separate dates:
Wednesday 28 September 2011
BEIRUT ART CENTER
Jisr el Wati, off Corniche an Nahr
Wednesday 5 October 2011
Saifi Urban Gardens,
Gemmayzeh, Pasteur street
Featuring additional live acts
Jad ATOUI (Lb)
Tashweesh is an audio-visual performance group from Ramallah, Palestine, which brings together installation artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme and musician boikutt, in a joint performance that combines sound, music and image. The result is an exploration of the collision between sound and video field recordings, archive material, vocals, breaks and soundscapes.
Performing in Beirut for the first time, Tashweesh will present a premiere of their most recent set, following 2010’s performances in venues such as CCA (Glasgow), SouthBank Centre (London), Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen), Images Festival (Copenhagen) and Re:View (Katowice).
“Tashweesh is the latest ‘voice’ to emerge from Palestine, representing a new generation of artists who are not only cutting edge but blurring the edges between artists disciplines, social action and geographical boundaries” – Aaron Cezar, Director of the Delfina Foundation, London
Young Lebanese electronics musician Jad Atoui was quite busy in the months leading to this radio interview: he held his first live performance in Beirut, alongside Munma, at Art Lounge in September 2010, followed by a second gig during The Basement’s farewell concerts in January 2011, and culminating in an event at Hamra’s Jazz Club later that same month, organized by Acousmatik System; there, the 17-year old played alongside such luminaries as Belgium’s Kirdec and Singapore’s One Man Nation.
Jad Atoui, the brother of electro-acoustic musician Tarek Atoui, was the guest of Ruptures to talk about his burgeoning career in electronic music, and to present his own live compositions.
Listen: Track 01 + Track 02
[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]
RUPTURED is proud to present FOND FAREWELLS
Three final nights of concerts at The Basement,
To celebrate the famed venue’s departure in style
< Monday 3 January, 9pm >
The INCOMPETENTS — CD launch party —
Opening by WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE
Feat. Dj BASILE
< Tuesday 4 January, 9pm >
Featuring Djs AYLA & GEORGES
< Wednesday 5 January, 9pm >
Opening by Jad ATOUI
Featuring Dj CAROLINE
Save the date! On Saturday, September 25, will be held the first edition of ‘Ghosts In The Machine’, an event incorporating live musical performances, DJ sets, and visuals (VJ’s and others). To kick off this celebration-of-sorts in style, we will present the premiere projection of live electronic band Munma‘s first-ever video, ‘The Alchemist’, conceived and directed by Damoun Ghaoui.
‘Ghosts In The Machine, edition one’ will also feature the first live performance in Lebanon (and anywhere else, for that matter) of one Jad Atoui, the younger brother of famed Lebanese electro-acoustic musician Tarek Atoui.